Thursday, July 07, 2016
Rate-A-Restaurant #371: El Tovar Dining Room (Grand Canyon)
Restaurant: El Tovar Dining Room
Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Village Loop Dr (Grand Canyon, AZ)
Type of restaurant: American
We stipulated: We were staying for one night at the historic El Tovar Hotel, right at the edge of the Grand Canyon. Quite a treat -- and to get the full experience, we wanted to dine at the hotel restaurant. Our friends, also visiting the Grand Canyon, joined us for dinner; we also tried breakfast there the next morning.
They stipulated: "Located in the historic El Tovar Hotel, this celebrated and majestic Dining Room is constructed of native stone and Oregon pine. The murals on the walls reflect the customs of four Native American Tribes – the Hopi, the Apache, the Mojave and the Navajo. The ambience is rustic, but classic and traditional. You can imagine the countless number of intriguing characters that have dined here in the past. Guests such as Teddy Roosevelt, President Bill Clinton and Sir Paul McCartney have dined and shared stories within these walls. The menu is traditional, integrating both international and local Southwest influences." See below for more info:
What we ordered: Mike: Fresh pan-seared halibut — $26.45 (Kalamata olive tapenade, taboulleh salad, grilled lemon, seasonal vegetables); Maria: Chicken El Tovar — $20.20 (two boneless chicken breasts over angel hair pasta with snap peas); Blogger Kids ate off the kids' menu. For breakfast, I tried the Polenta Corncakes with Prickly Pear Pistachio Butter - $9.70
High point: The view -- watching the sun set over the Grand Canyon as we ordered our dinner was a treat.
Low point: The food itself is fine, but not quite worthy of the high-end prices. Service also was slow, but that was actually a positive, as we weren't in a rush (we got an early table) and were able to enjoy our time there.
Overall impression: It's honestly what you'd expect and hope from a high-end restaurant at a historic lodge at the Grand Canyon.
Will we return: If we stayed again up at the Grand Canyon, we'd want to revisit the El Tovar, and yes, eat there again.